Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. David C. Evans

Second Advisor

Dr. J. Martin Ryle

Third Advisor

Dr. Hugh A. West


The Canton Commune is a detailed study of the Communist-led insurrection that occurred in the city of Canton in southern China on December 11-13, 1927, and its fate as history. Attention is paid in the thesis to the Commune's significant presence in the discourse of the Stalin-Trotsky power struggle of the late 1920s. The primary emphasis, however, is on the Commune's inability to become part of the revolutionary mythology of the People's Republic of China or international communism. The author traces the evolution of Soviet and Chinese interpretations of the Canton Commune, using these as a means to explore the subject of the historical myth.

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